Happy Arbor Day
“Man in Stream”
by Rosanna Warren
You stand in the brook, mud smearing
your forearms, a bloodied mosquito on your brow,
your yellow T-shirt dampened to your chest
as the current flees between your legs,
amber, verdigris, unraveling
today’s story, last night’s travail . . .
You stare at the father beaver, eye to eye,
but he outstares you—you who trespass in his world,
who have, however unwilling, yanked out his fort,
stick by tooth-gnarled, mud-clabbered stick,
though you whistle vespers to the wood thrush
and trace flame-flicker in the grain of yellow birch.
Death outpaces us. Upended roots
of fallen trees still cling to moss-furred granite.
Lichen smolders on wood-rot, fungus trails in wisps.
I wanted a day with cracks, to let the godlight in.
The forest is always a nocturne, but it gleams,
the birch tree tosses its change from palm to palm,
and we who unmake are ourselves unmade
if we know, if only we know
how to give ourselves in this untendered light.
Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 27 April 1904 – Cecil Day-Lewis, an Anglo-Irish poet and author.
“Where Are the War Poets?” (1943)
by Cecil Day-Lewis
They who in folly or mere greed
Enslaved religion, markets, laws,
Borrow our language now and bid
Us to speak up in freedom’s cause.
It is the logic of our times,
No subject for immortal verse –
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse
Art for Spring – Part I of III: Hilary Eddy (British-American, contemporary)
Below – “Apparition”; “Amethyst”; “Emerald Moments”
Musings in Spring: Bernard Malamud
“The wild begins where you least expect it, one step off your normal course.”
Below (all bronze) – “Rapture”; “Whirlwind”; “Sailaway”
Art for Spring – Part III of III: Erwin Eisch (German, contemporary)
Below – “Moonbeam Passing”; “Buddha” (glass); “Self-Portrait” (glass with yellow paint)
Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 27 April 1932 – Hart Crane, an American poet.
“The Air Plant”
by Hart Crane
This tuft that thrives on saline nothingness,
Inverted octopus with heavenward arms
Thrust parching from a palm-bole hard by the cove⎯
A bird almost⎯of almost bird alarms,
Is pulmonary to the wind that jars
Its tentacles, horrific in their lurch.
The lizard’s throat, held bloated for a fly,
Balloons but warily from this throbbing perch.
The needles and hack-saws of cactus bleed
A milk of earth when stricken off the stalk;
But this,⎯defenseless, thornless, sheds no blood,
Almost no shadow⎯but the air’s thin talk.
Angelic Dynamo! Ventriloquist of the Blue!
While beachward creeps the shark-swept Spanish Main
By what conjunctions do the winds appoint
Its apotheosis, at last⎯the hurricane!
This Date in Art History: Born 27 April 1926 – Alan Reynolds, an English painter.
Below – “Fenscape”; Untitled; “After Sunset”; “Saga-Winter”; “The Farm in Autumn.”
Musings in Spring: Marcus Aurelius
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
In the words of one writer, “A Wisconsin native, Dwyer graduated from the Milwaukee School of Art, where he studied fine arts, painting and printmaking. Dwyer has shown his work in a variety of galleries across the U.S.A. In the Spring of 1992 the artist’s growing reputation was underlined when his first New York exhibition sold out. Those who view Dwyer’s art are captivated by the combination of the female form with autobiographical elements or hidden images.”
Below – “Botticelli’s Dream”; “Cameo”; “Havana, Cuba”; “Petite Fleur”; “Scientific Tailor”; “Behind the Scenes.”